Regardless of what you do, being creative can really help improve your life at home and work life. Although these tips are from an artistic perspective, they can be applied and benefit anyone.
1. Find artists and teachers to work with - Struggling with creativity is a common issue with artists. So talking to people who have experienced similar struggles will generate helpful advice.
2. Quit a project if it doesn’t excite you - If you’ve started an art project that you originally liked the idea of but are struggling to finish because it no longer excites you then either move onto a new project or try to think of ways to modify it.
3. Keep an art idea journal - Keep a notebook on you so whenever an idea pops into your head, you can write it down.
4. Just create - If you don’t use your creativity you won’t improve it. Put your brush to the canvas and see what happens.
5. Create an idea treasure chest - If you see any images, quotes, or magazines that you like, collate them into a treasure chest for you to rediscover when creativity is lacking.
“Keep it fast, simple, easy, and organised” - advice that has helped a number of artists become successful online over the years. This is great a starting point when developing your own website but what does it really mean? I have created a list of do’s and don’ts for aspiring artists to consider when creating their own website.
1. Get your own domain name and avoid free web hosting services - “Free” websites will torture your visitors with distracting advertising. When people come to your site you want them to enjoy the process of scrolling through without having to decipher between advertising and your work.
2. Your website should be mobile friendly - In 2018 52.2% of all website traffic was viewed through mobile devices. This is only going to grow in the coming years so it is important to focus on your mobile site just as much (if not more) as your desktop site. You want your art to look its best no matter how people are viewing it.
3. Present yourself and your art - The internet is all about exposing your art to new people that may be interested. Therefore it is important to have a clear message as to who you are and what your art is about.
1. Show every work of art you’ve ever created - Nobody needs to see experimental pieces that didn’t quite pan out the way you had hoped. Too much art and too much variety will only confuse visitors.
2. Avoid plug-ins, special effects, complex visuals, and gimmicks - This helps in the aim of keeping it “fast, simple, easy and organised”, as features like these often over complicate your site and can effect the success and functionality of your site.
3. Don’t put too many images on one page - You want your visitors to know what piece of art they are looking at. Overdoing it when it comes to images can be overwhelming to visitors.
These are just a few tips for aspiring artists to consider when creating their own websites.
I hope they help, Penny.
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You can buy Reproduction’s Canvas on high FineArt paper, or Poster on Fineart paper or print on metal with very good printing results.